Category: Side Dishes

  • The Best Kimchi

    The Best Kimchi

    A few years back a good friend of mine, Eric, introduced me to a popular Korean side dish known as kimchi. We were tasting every different type we could find locally, identifying what we liked best about each one. Since I was new to this dish I started off with a ridiculous amount of research…

  • Thanksgiving 2012

    Thanksgiving 2012

    Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving! Our Thanksgiving Meal (2012) Clockwise from the top: caramelized onion butternut roast with chestnuts (from Veganomicon), mashed potatoes (Idaho potatoes, Earth Balance, sea salt, vegan cream cheese), homestyle gravy (from American Vegan Kitchen), 21 grain stuffing (recipe in progress), simple cranberry sauce (fresh cranberries, sugar, water), and a wheat roll. So good!

  • Bok Choy with Five-Spice Cashews

    Bok Choy with Five-Spice Cashews

    We found a giant bok choy in our Bountiful Basket Asian pack this week, so instead of the standard “steam and drizzle with lemon juice,” I hauled out The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray for some inspiration. I made a couple of tweaks to the seasoning levels, but this…

  • Poutine


    Poutine is traditional Québécois fare. Leave it to the citizens of Québec to come up with a single word that means French fries smothered in cheese and gravy. I love it. After crafting up many variations, I’ve found that I most enjoy Follow Your Heart brand mozzarella cheese for this dish and Frontier brand organic vegetarian [vegan] beef…

  • Celeriac and Rutabaga Purée

    Celeriac and Rutabaga Purée

    This rich, creamy purée combines the familiar flavor of celeriac (celery root) with the subtle flavor of rutabaga. The yellowish tint of the cooked rutabaga gives it an extra delicious appearance. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, this would serve well with a salad (such as the Vietnamese Salad with Grilled Tofu) or sautéed greens…

  • Vietnamese Salad with Grilled Tofu

    Vietnamese Salad with Grilled Tofu

    This chilled salad makes for a wonderful summertime dish. It would make a great side to bring along to a picnic or party and isn’t nearly as heavy as many traditional oil-based salads (although I’m not convinced it couldn’t use a bit of oil in the dressing). This is a 3-step salad. It requires dressing,…

  • Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Tomato Salsa

    Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Tomato Salsa

    Sweet & spicy cranberry tomato salsa is one of my new favorite things. The sweetness and tartness of the cranberries brings a wonderful twist to spicy and salty salsa.

  • Celery-Onion Stuffing

    Celery-Onion Stuffing

    Stuffing (or dressing) is a common holiday staple. As such, there are countless variations on this traditional dish, yet the stuffing that joins potatoes on my Thanksgiving plate is often a simple one, prepared with an herb blend with sautéed celery and onion. The perfect stuffing not only requires a few key seasonings, but to…

  • Roasted Delicata Fries

    Roasted Delicata Fries

    Roasted Delicata Fries have the sweet, soft filling of a sweet potato fry and are really simple to prepare. As you might expect, it’s best to serve them hot, right after coming out of the oven. There’s no need to peel the Delicata squash in this recipe, the skin softens while roasting.

  • Vegan Butterflake Rolls

    Vegan Butterflake Rolls

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’ve decided to take a quick break from my mostly healthy recipes and bring you something quite the opposite. I spent the better part of the day perfecting these vegan butterflake rolls, and they came out of the oven more buttery, flaky, and delicious than I could have hoped! Not only…